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There’s a new nightlife hotspot in Mecklenburg County that may surprise you: Matthews. 

What used to be a sleepy suburb is transforming itself into a destination for those looking to avoid uptown or South End. And now there are plans to turn an old warehouse in downtown Matthews into restaurants, offices and shops. 


For the past two years, tension between the town of Matthews and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has threatened to upend the way new schools are built in Mecklenburg County. Those tensions were laid to rest this week with back-to-back votes in Matthews and Charlotte.


Updated 6:45 a.m. Tuesday

In a unanimous vote, Matthews town commissioners last night passed a resolution saying the town has no intention of opening municipal charter schools. It’s a truce with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in a two-year battle over how to build schools. 

Matthews Medical Center
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Novant Health is asking state regulators to approve a $29.4 million expansion of its Matthews Medical Center in a project that includes spending $2.2 million to add an operating room and $27.2 million to add 20 beds. 

Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox and town manager Jamie Justice talked to voters about the $14 million public facilities bond and sale of Continuum cable and internet company, both on Davidson's 2019 election ballot. (David Boraks photo)
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Two mayoral races outside Charlotte - Matthews and Huntersville - saw lively debates over whether the towns should act on legislation that allows them to open their own charter schools.  

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Matthews police said they have charged a driver with first-degree murder for a hit-and-run Monday that killed a 79-year-old woman. Vira Nahorna died after she was struck by a vehicle outside the Aldi supermarket in Matthews.

2019 Election: Matthews Mayor

Oct 16, 2019

Two candidates are running for mayor of Matthews, including the incumbent.

There are six seats on the Matthews Board of Commissioners, not including mayor. Three incumbents are running for re-election. 


In the race for Matthews mayor, incumbent Paul Bailey and town Commissioner John Higdon will move on to next month’s general election. They were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday's primary.


In Mecklenburg County, there's one more primary before the Nov. 5 general election. Matthews has a mayoral primary on Oct. 8.


Last year four suburban towns and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools were locked in a ferocious clash. Today it’s more like a wary truce. 

When the district's Municipal Education Advisory Committee met to talk about school safety Thursday morning, it was almost hard to recall the drama of 2018.

Trees along Monroe Road at the Proximity Matthews project were supposed to be saved, but workers cut them.
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The town of Matthews has fined a developer $50,000 for cutting trees that were supposed to be saved on the site of a new apartment and townhome complex on Monroe Road.

Map shows NCDOT's planned widening and intersection improvements on N.C. 51-Matthews Township Parkway.

The state Department of Transportation is now seeking public comments on plans for intersection improvements and widening of North Carolina Highway 51, the Matthews Township Parkway in Matthews, from Sardis to Monroe Roads.

Plane Crashes Near Church In Matthews

Jul 27, 2018

A man was able to walk away unharmed after crashing in a field near a church in Matthews. The pilot crashed his Cessna 150 aircraft near Reach Church off of Margaret Wallace Road.

Updated at 5:55 p.m. - Another town wants in on the bill that would allow the south Mecklenburg towns of Matthews and Mint Hill to create their own charter schools. Huntersville town commissioners voted 6-0 last night to ask to be added to HB 514.

Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla said CMS has long neglected the northern towns.

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House Bill 514 does have the support of Mint Hill elected officials, says the town’s Mayor Ted Biggers. The legislation would allow Matthews and Mint Hill to create their own charter school, with preference given to students in the two towns.

At a town hall, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board members discuss HB514 and the town of Matthews.
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CMS leaders took questions last night from parents and community members about a bill that would allow the towns of Matthews and Mint Hill to create their own charter schools. CMS board members told about 100 people gathered at Providence High School that HB514 presented a lot of uncertainties. 

CMS plans to add video surveillance focused on mobile classrooms like these.

A Matthews town commissioner and a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools representative have proposed a compromise over the town's support for a charter school bill which would include the construction of a new school building within 10 years. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox joined Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg School officials don’t want a bill that would allow the towns of Matthews and Mint Hill to create their own charter schools to get approval.

The CMS board has been vocal about its concerns that the bill would lead to increased segregation in CMS. Speaking on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks today, Superintendent Clayton Wilcox called the bill bad public policy and an effort to kill public education.